Torbay’s emerging artists for 2021

The three members of the band Soot Sprite, with a woman in the foreground with an inflatable unicorn

Soot Sprite - Credit: Submitted

No matter what the world throws at us, the Torbay music scene has a knack for creating talent capable of recognition beyond our little seaside town. 

If anything, 2020 was an incredible year for musicians in Torbay.

As one of the toughest years the music industry has faced, it could have been easy to just call it quits for many independent artists.  

Yet, the Torbay music scene managed to smash through the year with their innovative ways of entertaining through virtual interactions and ability to adapt to a socially distanced society, 

From well-known Torbay artists primed for impact to fresh sounds curated during 2020, it only feels right to shine a light on the talent which has big things to come this year.

In this week's music column, I share with you some of Torbay’s emerging artists for 2021. 

Independent musicians need your support now more than ever. If you can, follow these artists on social media, stream their songs, share their posts and buy their merchandise to help keep the local music scene alive. 

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Soot Sprite - I managed to catch Soot Sprite play live at one of 2020’s rare live music events in December hosted by The Foundry and was blown away by their effortless ability to charm even a seated, socially distanced - and very sober - audience. The dream-pop trio have stormed through the past year and are booked to spread their hazy ethereal soundscape throughout 2021. 

The Kaluss logo, white words on a black background

Kaluss - Credit: Submitted

Kaluss - Grunge band Kaluss have already made a dent, with their music featured on radio stations such as BBC Introducing. As opening act to The Foundry’s December event, my mind is blown as to why Kaluss haven’t already conquered the UK rock scene and beyond. Continuing to rise on the strength of their latest release, LYE LOW, Kaluss are armed and ready to serve more of their grit in the upcoming year. 

Singer Belle Carter, facing forward and large tattoo displayed on her back

Belle Carter - Credit: Submitted

Belle Carter - Modelled on retro 1990s and modern soul sounds, Belle Carter has worked with Big Hug producer Dan Brown (Jerry Williams, Massive Attack) and A&R Jeff Powell since 2016. Her 2020 release ‘World on Fire’ sets Belle as one of Torbay’s most exciting artists to watch out for this year.